Trump now claims he never suggested arming club-goers

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NEW YORK (AP) – Republican Donald Trump is now claiming that he never suggested club-goers attacked in the Orlando massacre should have been armed.

Trump said on Twitter early Monday that when he said “if, within the Orlando club, you had some people with guns, I was obviously talking about additional guards or employees.”

But Trump was not so obviously talking about guards or employees.

The presumptive GOP nominee has repeatedly suggested in the days since the attack that had the victims been armed, things would have gone differently.

“It’s too bad that some of the young people that were killed over the weekend didn’t have guns, you know, attached to their hips, frankly, and, you know, where bullets could have flown in the opposite direction,” he told conservative radio host Howie Carr the day after the attack.

“It would have been a much different deal,” he continued. “I mean, it sounded like there were no guns. They had a security guard. Other than that there were no guns in the room. Had people been able to fire back, it would have been a much different outcome.”

Trump made a similar case after the November attack on the Bataclan concert hall in Paris.

Trump’s new tweet comes after a pair of NRA officials said Sunday that people shouldn’t be in nightclubs drinking and carrying firearms.

“Of course no one thinks that people should go in a nightclub drinking and carrying firearms,” the NRA’s chief lobbyist, Chris Cox, told ABC’s “This Week.” ”That defies common sense. It also defies the law.”

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